1997 Saturn SC2 car speedometer

Tiny
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  • 1997 SATURN SC2

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1997 Saturn SC2 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Manual 95688 miles

when I start the car the speedo needle reads below zero. When I drive approx. 10 mph the speedo reads 0 mph. What is/are the best ways to fix this problem?

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Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 AT 6:36 PM

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Tiny
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You having any issues with transmission shifting? Is the odometer still reading and working properly?

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Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 AT 7:02 PM
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I have the same problem you have. The speedometer and odometer do not work at all and I'm also having issues with the transmission shifting wildly or sometimes sticking in one gear at high RPMs. Any ideas? Could all of these problems be related?

Thanks in advance!

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Monday, October 29th, 2012 AT 12:22 PM
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Do you have the same year and model?Any codes in the computer?

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 AT 3:19 AM
Tiny
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Yes, my car is also a '97 SC2. And according to the guys at my local Tuffy Muffler, there were no codes on their diagnostic. Although that didn't stop them from charging me $39.99 for it anyway.
They just repaired the flex pipe on my exhaust and gave it an oil change and sent me on my way. Needless to say, there are definitely more things wrong with it than that! My 'SERVICE ENGINE SOON' light has been on since I bought the car.

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 AT 6:53 AM
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If the check engine light is on you should have codes if you dont live in California you should be able to go to a auto parts store and have them check for codes?

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 AT 3:46 PM
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I live in Michigan, so I will get on top of that ASAP and get back to you! Thanks for your time! I greatly appreciate it!

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 AT 6:30 PM
Tiny
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I live in Michigan, so I'll get on top of that ASAP and get back to you soon. Thanks for your time! I greatly appreciate it!

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 AT 6:33 PM
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Your welcome keep me posted with exact code numbers not code descriptions.

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 AT 7:48 PM
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Will do!

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 AT 7:50 PM
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The codes I got were P0500 and P0722. I'd greatly appreciate any advice you could give me to repair these problems myself. Thanks!

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Friday, November 2nd, 2012 AT 2:46 PM
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Those are both for the output speed sensor which is right by where your right side axle comes out. Inspect the wiring to it those sensors rarely fail. Also do you have a multi meter to do some testing?

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Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 AT 1:01 AM
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I do indeed have a multi meter. It doesn't surprise me to hear that is most likely an electrical problem. The car sat parked out in the elements for over 2 years before I bought it. But I'm hoping with some minor repairs and a little TLC, I can get it to run properly for a few more years. It only has approximately 76k miles, which is the last reading on the odometer before it stopped working.

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Sunday, November 4th, 2012 AT 2:49 PM
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So how was the wiring to the sensor?

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Monday, November 5th, 2012 AT 2:30 AM
Tiny
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Sorry it took me so long to respond - you were right, the speed sensor itself was fine, it was simply a frayed wire. A little splicing and some electrical tape solved the problem! Thanks for your help!

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Monday, November 26th, 2012 AT 4:55 PM
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Figured thats what it was glad to hear you have it fixed now. Your very welcome that's what were here for.

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Monday, November 26th, 2012 AT 5:54 PM

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